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5 Father’s Day Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

by Melissa Dierks

5 Father’s Day Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

Today is Father's Day, the annual holiday where Americans celebrate the men who made them. You may love dear old dad, but how much do you actually know about the observance in his honor? Here are 5 Father’s Day facts you probably didn’t know.

1.) Census data shows there are more than 70.1 million dads in the U.S. About a third of them are married with kids under 18.

2.) More than 214,000 men are stay-at-home dads and two million fathers are single dads.

3.) On Father's Day in Germany, men drink all day at beer gardens.

4.) In the underwater world of the seahorse, it's the male that gets to carry the eggs and birth the babies.

5.) George Washington, the celebrated Father of Our Country, had no children of his own.

Share these 5 Father’s Day facts around the grill with your Pop and have a fun and Happy Father’s Day!

Melissa Dierks

The Regal Team of RE/MAX Professionals

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Bob Dierks Joins the Regal Team

by Melissa Dierks

Bob Dierks Joins the Regal Team

The Regal Team RE/MAX Professionals is proud to welcome Melissa Dierk’s husband of twenty years, Bob Dierks to the team! Bob worked in the corporate industry for twenty years and prior to that served in the U.S. Navy. During his corporate tenure, he held various positions including the longest and most recent position as a Client Relationship Representative. This position required travel nearly eighty percent of the time and was extremely client centric which helps make Bob’s customer service experience just that more versatile and valuable to the team.

As a full-time licensed REALTOR®, Bob is dedicated to providing each of his clients the highest level of service in the industry. His well-rounded work experience required and allowed him to develop two primary skill sets, which go hand-in hand with the purchasing of real estate. Those skill sets are attention to detail and critical thinking.

“I deliver three critical elements to my clients,” shared Bob after joining the Regal Team. “First, I will listen to you. I go by an old saying: ‘There is a reason God gave me two ears and 1 mouth.’ Second, Communicate: Nothing is worse than not knowing what is going on or what the next step is when it comes to the biggest financial transaction in your life. You will never be left to wonder what is next or where we are in the process while working with me. Third, Accessible: From the tools I provide you for finding your home, to the many avenues to contact me directly, I am always available. I am a full time REALTOR®, working for you.”

We are proud to welcome Bob Dierks to the Regal Team of RE/MAX Professionals. We offer unparalleled service to all clients in the Phoenix, Arizona real estate market. Your complete satisfaction with our service(s) and representation is our number one priority. We have in-depth knowledge of the market and can provide you with the information you need on purchasing, selling, investing, financing and owning real estate in the Valley of the Sun! We believe each and every client deserves professional and friendly service. Please contact us today to help you sell or buy your Phoenix home.

Melissa Dierks

The Regal Team of RE/MAX Professionals

7111 W Bell Road, Suite 101

Glendale, AZ 85308

(623) 229-0154

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The Regal Team is now Certified Military Residential Specialists!

As many of you know, my husband, Robert Dierks served in the United States Navy. Our family has served in the military for generations on both sides. In conjunction with this, Rhonda's daughter, Ciarra, served in the United States Army. Many of her family members have also served.

Our team believes in doing all we can for our military families! Last week Rhonda and I completed the Certified Military Residential Specialist (CMRS) training. We want all of you to know that we are here to serve you as you have served!

The objective in offering the Certified Military Residential Specialist Program is to provide a platform where agents will be trained and equipped to handle with excellence the home purchase needs of active duty and former military clients. CMRS training is also a way to honor the men and women of the United States military and their families, for their service to our nation, and to fulfill the obligation we have to each and every one of these heroes for the freedoms we enjoy. This is an opportunity to become a “watchdog” for the warrior by pursuing excellence in serving the home purchase needs of military clients.

If there is anything The Regal Team can do to help you, family or friends, please do not hesitate to reach out. We're here for you and will do all we can to make sure your dreams in real estate are made possible. And thank you to all our service men and women at home and abroad. - Melissa

Melissa Dierks

The Regal Team of RE/MAX Professionals

7111 W Bell Road, Suite 101

Glendale, AZ 85308

(623) 229-0154

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Home Sales Cooler Than Typical Spring Season

by Melissa Dierks

Home Sales Cooler Than Typical Spring Season

The brisk start to the 2017 home-selling season slowed down in April with home sales dropping 4.1 percent below March and 4.5 percent below the previous April, according to this month’s RE/MAX National Housing Report.

More than three quarters of the report’s fifty-three metro areas saw April home sales decline year-over-year. By contrast, March posted a 6.6 percent year-over-year spike in sales. Even so, April saw homes sell for more than they did in March in 81 percent of the markets, while 92 percent of the markets saw higher year-over-year sale prices.

Yet the narrative of the ever-tightening inventory coupled with increased prices persisted, as the fifty-three metro area report saw the trends of a seller’s market continuing:

  • The average number of Days on Market declined for the third consecutive month and April’s fifty-seven days set a new low for April in the report’s nine-year history.
  • The Median Sales Price of $226,000 was the highest price for any April and marked the 13th consecutive month of year-over-year price increases.
  • Months Supply of Inventory, which dropped below three months in March for the first time in the report’s history, was 2.8. A months supply of less than 6.0 is considered a seller’s market.
  • Inventory was down 17.6 percent from April 2016.

“We may be seeing some frustration from buyers,” said Dave Liniger, RE/MAX CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder“Inventory is tighter than ever, while strong demand keeps driving up home prices. At the same time, many potential sellers may also be reluctant to list their homes because the tight inventory might impact them as buyers. Home buyers and sellers will need to work with experienced real estate agents to navigate this tough market.”

Want to know more about the current real estate market? Click here to download your copy of the May2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report. If you are looking to sell your Arizona home or are ready to buy a Phoenix home, please contact The Regal Team today.

Melissa Dierks

The Regal Team of RE/MAX Professionals

7111 W Bell Road, Suite 101

Glendale, AZ 85308

(623) 229-0154

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3 Pool Safety Tips for the Summer

by Melissa Dierks

3 Pool Safety Tips for the Summer

Summer is just around the corner and with the rising temperatures comes outdoor grilling, ice cold drinks and lounging by the pool. Arizona is called the Valley of the Sun for a reason and more often than not, people of all ages choose the pool as the perfect way to enjoy Arizona summers. However with the increase of pool use comes the increase of accidental drownings. Here are 3 pool safety tips for the summer to remember.

1.) Always use approved personal flotation devices around pools and lakes. (life jackets).

2.) All gate locks and latches should be checked regularly to insure they are working properly and adhere to Arizona residential pool codes and standards. Also, a gate should never be left propped open.

3.) All residential pool owners should attend water rescue and CPR/CCR classes. Otherwise CPR/CCR instructions and the 911 emergency number (or local emergency number) should be posted in the pool area.

Water play is fun, but water safety is serious business and should be a high priority Following these 3 pool safety tips for the summer can keep your outdoor activities fun, and your friends and family safe for many summers to come.

Melissa Dierks

The Regal Team of RE/MAX Professionals

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Glendale, AZ 85308

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Top 5 Gifts for Your Mom and Her Home

by Melissa Dierks

Top 5 Gifts for Your Mom and Her Home

Today is Mother’s Day and if you’re looking to give the best Mother’s Day gift ever, why not surprise her by making some easy home repairs around the house that she’ll love.  Whether you’re crafty, handy, or just know someone who is, here are the top 5 Gifts for your mom and her home.  

1.) Instead of flowers: Plant her a garden. Not only can she have the beauty of an assortment of flowers, but she’ll have something that will last a lot longer than a vase of flowers. Potted plants in a decorative pot will do, or you can really blow her mind and line her walkway with bright, beautiful buds she’ll love.

2.) Instead of mailing a card: Fix her mailbox. If your mom has been in her house for a while and has a rusty old mailbox with her house numbers rubbing off, why not replace her mailbox with a nice new one? Go traditional and clean or if there’s no HOA regulations go vintage and fun with something silly she might enjoy like a funky novelty mailbox.

3.) Instead of a jewelry box: Put up some shelves and make her a nice place to hang and display her jewelry too. People have used anything from coat hangers to corkboard to craft a functional and decorative place to store stuff, especially trinkets. Need ideas? Pinterest is chalked full of inspiration.

4.) Instead of a basket of spa stuff: Revamp her bathroom with spa like goodies. Get her fluffy new Egyptian cotton towels, fresh accessories, and as a bonus make that basket of spa lotions and potions the center piece for a newly refreshed bathroom.

5.) Instead of art: What mom doesn’t love family photos? Hit up her favorite shop or a fun second hand store for some unique antique frames and put your favorite family memories in them. Or see if she has a stash of old photos that need to be retouched, get them refinished and frame a few. Bonus points if you hang them up for her.

Mom is the heart of the home, so why not help make her home as beautiful as she is? Thoughtful home improvements and additions will be a delight to any mother. Happy Mother’s Day from The Regal Team.  

Melissa Dierks

The Regal Team of RE/MAX Professionals

7111 W Bell Road, Suite 101

Glendale, AZ 85308

(623) 229-0154

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Top 3 Home Buying Myths Busted

by Melissa Dierks

Top 3 Home Buying Myths Busted

True or false: It’s a well-known fact that buying is better than renting. False. Renting a home versus buying a home is best determined by how long you want to live where you are, your personal goals and your finances. This is just one of many home buying myths that people have believed for years, even if they’ve purchased a home before. Because buying a home is one of the biggest emotional and financial investments you’ll ever make, it pays to know the truth from the myths. Here are the top 3 home buying myths busted.

 

MYTH #1: You don’t need a licensed real estate agent.

Managing the real estate investment process on your own is not easily accomplished and can end up costing you more if you don’t know what you’re doing. REALTORS® are experienced in a way the average homebuyer isn't when it comes to negotiations. More specifically, they can perform a comparative market analysis and set up showings, home inspections, and appraisals.

Myth #2: You always need a twenty percent down payment

Depending on your qualifying loan, your down payment can be as little as 3.5 percent, which is the rate for an FHA or even 0 percent down for a VA loan. A down payment assistance program may also be an option for Arizona home buyers.

Myth#3: A 30-year fixed mortgage is always the best deal.

If you plan to keep your home for that long then a 30-year fixed mortgage will likely be the best choice for you. However, if you only intend to keep the home for five to seven years, a fixed rate for seven years could be more appropriate. The longer you fix the rate, the higher your interest rate will be so you could be paying a higher rate for nothing if you don’t plan accordingly.

Don’t let home buying myths keep you from landing your dream home. If you would like more information about buying a home in Glendale, please contact the The Regal Team today. We will be happy to assist you with your home search and help you meet your real estate needs.

Melissa Dierks

The Regal Team of RE/MAX Professionals

7111 W Bell Road, Suite 101

Glendale, AZ 85308

(623) 229-0154

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Strong March Home Sales, Low Inventory Means Tougher Market for Buyers

Strong March home sales and low inventory means tougher market for buyers according to this month’s RE/MAX National Housing Report. March launched the home-buying season with post-recession records for increasing home sales and prices and decreasing inventory. Last month, home sales were 6.6 percent higher than the nine-year-old report’s previous March record, set in 2016. Thirty-eight of the fifty-three metro areas in the report showed year-over-year increases.

“We expect a seasonal uptick in sales this time of year and March certainly met and somewhat exceeded that expectation,” said Dave Liniger, RE/MAX CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder. “We don’t anticipate the tightening inventory to ease up in most markets until new home construction can catch up to its pre-recession pace. Until then, sellers will enjoy a fast-paced market and buyers will need to work with their agents to get in the right home.”

The Months Supply of Inventory dropped below three months for the first time in the history of the report, indicating a market that greatly favors sellers, as six months is considered a balanced market. Active inventory continued to decline, dropping 17 percent year-over-year. As a result, the Median Sales Price of $225,000—also a March record—was up eleven percent year-over-year. This was the twelfth consecutive month of year-over-year price increases.

Want to know more about the current real estate market? Click here to download your copy of the April 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report. If you are looking to sell your Arizona home or are ready to buy a Phoenix home, please contact The Regal Team today.

Melissa Dierks

The Regal Team of RE/MAX Professionals

7111 W Bell Road, Suite 101

Glendale, AZ 85308

(623) 229-0154

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40th Annual SAC Spring Public Star Party

by Melissa Dierks

40th Annual SAC Spring Public Star Party

Calling all star gazers and astronomy lovers. Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 29th for the 40th Annual SAC Spring Public Star Party at Thunderbird Park located at 22800 59th Ave, Glendale. Sponsored by Glendale Parks and Recreation Department and the Saguaro Astronomy Club, this favorite event will appeal to star lovers of all ages. Members of the club will have telescopes large and small set up and available for public viewing from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

Members will show a variety of astronomical objects, including the Moon, Planets, Stars, Galaxies, and many Deep Sky Wonders. Club volunteers will also be on hand to answer questions you may have about telescopes, observing the sky, and astronomy in general. The Saguaro Astronomy Club is one of the larger amateur astronomy clubs in the Phoenix area. SAC was formed in 1977 to promote fellowship and the exchange of information among its members -- amateur astronomers. SAC members meet monthly for both general meetings and observing sessions, and regularly conducts and supports public programs on astronomy.

The 40th Annual SAC Spring Public Star Party is a free community event, weather permitting, so come out for a night under the stars! For more things to do in Glendale or if you’re looking to buy a home in Glendale, please contact the Regal Team today.

Melissa Dierks

The Regal Team of RE/MAX Professionals

7111 W Bell Road, Suite 101

Glendale, AZ 85308

(623) 229-0154

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The Regal Team The Numbers Speak for Themselves!

by Melissa Dierks

The Regal Team: The Numbers Speak for Themselves!

The Valley of the Sun is projected to be the number one market in the U.S. and so far the spring selling season is really heating up! The numbers speak for themselves! Take a look at what The Regal Team has sold so far in 2017:

The Regal Team is committed to being the best and strongest negotiators on your behalf. If you are ready to make a move, give us a call today. Let our experience and skill work for you!!!

The Regal Team of RE/MAX Professionals
7111 W Bell Road, Suite 101
Glendale, AZ 85308
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